September 29, 2013
West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters train Sept. 17 at the Hayden fire training facility.
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Across the United States, fire departments that rely on volunteers and minimally paid firefighters are struggling to fill their ranks. It is no different here in Routt County, and local officials increasingly are growing concerned. They said local staffing levels not only put their firefighters at risk, they also increase response times, putting lives and property at risk.